Dangling the carrot for waste ideas
The Auckland Council is offering cash for ideas on reducing the amount of waste going to rubbish tips.
Applications are open for the council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF). Businesses, iwi and education/community groups can apply for up to $5000 towards their project.
Councillor Alf Filipaina, deputy-chair of the environment and community committee, said the grants are open to Aucklanders who have innovative, impactive and sustainable projects. ‘‘We’re committed to supporting projects that help achieve Auckland’s ambition to become zero waste by 2040.
‘‘Partnering with people and groups that have a fantastic waste minimisation initiative,’’ he said.
WMIF funds come from the national waste levy, set at $10 a tonne, and administered by the Ministry for the Environment.
The fund has $500,000 to distribute annually, with one funding round a year for grants between $5000 and $50,000 in September, and two funding rounds for grants of $5000 and under in April and September.
Applicants can visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for more information. Applications close on April 30.